About the Company:
277 Dance Project creates work that promotes social awareness and consciousness, exploring the balance between chaos and stillness, the intersection of lives, and the eternal struggle to connect and to survive - most often working in the context of the unique NYC frame of mind. We begin making work from an idea or a thematic strand, which over time branches out into multiple thoughts, to be explored and deconstructed until the work takes on a shape in the physical and imaginative space. Through the process, we uncover and highlight the very essence of empathy- what makes us care for other people, feel compassion, love, responsibility, and loss. What makes us human?
Comprised of freelance dance artists and multidisciplinary collaborators, under the direction of choreographer Nicole Philippidis, has produced 12 evening-long and short works that have been presented at such leading NYC venues as Dance NOW Festival at Joe’s Pub/The Public, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Abrons Arts Center, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, Bryant Park Dance Festival, and many others.
Artistic Director & Choreographer
Founder, Choreographer and Dance Filmmaker
Nicole Philippidis, a native and lifelong New Yorker, created 277 Dance Project in 2009. Nicole’s dance training has included extensive studies of Limón and Cunningham techniques, as well as Contemporary Forms. As a dancer, she has appeared in works choreographed by Geraldine Cardiel, Alan Danielson, and Deborah Santos, who have influenced her unique movement style. Nicole earned her BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College where she is currently on the Advisory Board for the Dance Department. She is also an accomplished arts educator: earning her MS in Education from City College, she was awarded a Teaching Fellowship for the Arts.
Nicole has taught at numerous dance centers and schools throughout New York City and held leadership positions at RIOULT Dance and the New York Institute of Technology. She is on faculty at Mark Morris Dance Center and has performed lecture demonstrations and dance residencies for numerous institutions. As a dance filmmaker and editor she has created various short dance films, mixed media for the stage, and music videos.
Rehearsal Director & Choreographer
Mika Yanagihara was born in Japan and began her training in modern ballet as a child. She is trained in modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, african, house and contemporary dance. In 1997 she was awarded a full scholarship at Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and performed with the Martha Graham Company for their NY season at the Joyce Theater. Mika has performed and taught in Germany, Sweden, Japan and India. She is currently working with 277 Dance Project, Patricia Norworol, Laurie De Vito and Dancers, Parijat Desai Dance Company and Sasha Soreff.
"277 was the street number for two buildings in two far-removed neighborhoods where my family members lived at the time of great adversity; it seemed so much more than a coincidence to be connected by it when we could not share everything under one roof. Ever since, it is a special number for me: it signifies a tie that lasts at the moment of great loneliness, something bigger and stronger than a physical connection. That is what making dance is about for me: discovering and highlighting through movement the very essence of what makes us care for other people, what makes us feel compassion, love, responsibility, loss. These feelings make us human. I chose dance as my main medium because through its immediate and wordless expression it often speaks more eloquently than words. But at heart, I am still a storyteller, and believe in sharing stories as a way of finding our place."
– Nicole Philippidis, Artistic Director
John Philippidis is one of the founders of indie folk band “Burlap to Cashmere” and tours nationally and internationally. He has recorded records with Lateral View and Sony artist Danielle Evin. Worked with legendary Producer Jack Douglas, Michael Brauer, and Jay Mesina. He has created work for Touch film and media, VH1, MTV, and other media outlets. John has worked with director Brett Leonard, starring in “The Other Country” and recording the soundtrack for the film. John has been a collaborator with contemporary dance company 277 Dance Project since 2013 and enjoys the creative play and abstract perspective when working with both music and movement.
Stacey Cervellino is a dramaturge, actress and educator with extensive performance and teaching experience. She was an International Acting Fellow at the Globe Theatre in London, and has been seen in plays and musicals in New York, Chicago, Toronto, Washington D.C., and Boston. Former Artistic Director of Isadora Productions and has created, performed and toured their original piece exploring Human Tracking, entitled Becoming Natasha, produced in collaboration with the UN, Amnesty, V Day, and Safe Horizons. She wrote the script, music, and lyrics for her social satire, DRESS, presented at HERE and The West End Theatre. She has received work and study grants from the Fund for Teachers and the Fund for Contemporary Artists. She was the Education Director for Brave New World Studio, and has taught in various graduate and undergraduate programs in the U.S.